Reports: Andy Reid Uninterested in Staying; Eagles Want Bill Cowher, Jay Gruden, Chip Kelly, Bill O’Brien


Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported on 97.5 FM the Fanatic this about the Philadelphia Eagles: “Keep the name Bill Cowher in mind. Cowher is in play for the Birds job.”

Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports is reporting that Eagles head coach Andy Reid is not interested in coming back to the Eagles, and that Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly are two guys they want.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Eagles and Browns have Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien on their shortlists. There is a rumor that a buyout for $9m exists for his contract, but it’s unknown if that would include an NFL position. O’Brien turned down a chance to interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars last January.

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Reports: Ray Rice Inactive Today

Many reports emerging suggest Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be inactive today, to rest up for the Indianapolis Colts (a team whose defense has allowed 135+ rushing yards four of the last five games; 353 rushing yards were dropped on them by the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday) or Cincinnati Bengals defense in the Wild Card round of the post-season.

This will also give valuable reps to back-up RBs Bernard Pierce (who joined Rice as 100-yard rushers last week against the Giants) and Anthony Allen.

Ray Rice finishes his season with 1616 yards from scrimmage and 10 total TDs.

UPDATE: Ray Rice is active, yet will only play one or two series. The inactives are MLB Ray Lewis, OLB Terrell Suggs, DT Haloti Ngata, WR Anquan Boldin, RG Marshal Yanda, SS Bernard Pollard and WR Tandon Doss.

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Week 17 Will Be the Last For Chan Gailey and Norv Turner With Their Teams


Given all the buzz, it’s not really a prediction that Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey and San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner will be gone, as much as it is a reality. The Buffalo News is hearing that neither Gailey nor GM Buddy Nix will return. The 13-year postseason drought for the Bills is the longest in the NFL. Gailey, who turns 61 next Saturday, has been 15-32 as Bills head coach.

If Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith are both gone, it will be hard not to put some blame on quarterback Philip Rivers. His 47 turnovers since the start of the 2011 season are second-most in the NFL behind New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Turner , missing the playoffs three consecutive seasons. The Chargers made the playoffs each of Turner’s first three seasons with the team, going all the way to the AFC Championship Game in his first season. Turner has been 55-40 in his tenure with the Chargers, and 3-3 in the postseason.

After Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, Gailey and Turner, I believe the most likely to go are Kansas City Chiefs HC Romeo Crennel, Jacksonville Jaguars HC Mike Mularkey, Carolina Panthers HC Ron Rivera, Philadelphia Eagles HC Andy Reid, Arizona Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt, Detroit Lions HC Jim Schwartz, and Tennessee Titans HC Mike Munchak, in that order. If the Chicago Bears fail to make the postseason, head coach Lovie Smith moves ahead of Whisenhunt on that list.

My predictions for the day:
Falcons>Buccaneers
Bills>Jets (Sanchez is 6-1 against the Bills, but I expect the Bills to fight hard for Gailey)
Bengals>Ravens
Bears>Lions
Jaguars>Titans
Texans>Colts (Chuck Pagano’s first game back on the sideline)
Saints>Panthers
Eagles>Giants
Steelers>Browns
Broncos>Chiefs
Vikings>Packers (toughest game to pick)
Patriots>Dolphins
Chargers>Raiders (Norv Bowl 2012 Part 2)
49ers>Cardinals (lock of the week)
Seahawks>Rams
Cowboys>Redskins

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Vikings Attempting To Do What Has Not Been Done Since 1995


No NFL team has made the Super Bowl without having a 1000-yard wide receiver on their roster since 1995.

For the Minnesota Vikings to make it to the Super Bowl, it would have to be an incredible effort from the defense, special teams, and run offense, because this passing offense – even if WR Jarius Wright and TE Rhett Ellison get more involved – has historically bad weapons. The Vikings would be a unique case if they made Super Bowl XLVII, as the 1994 Chargers are the last team to even appear in a Super Bowl with WRs this statistically lacking.

Here I include the top seasons (yards-TDs, picking the season with the most yardage) for the lesser-known WRs on a list of each of the last 21 Super Bowls teams.

1990 Giants: Mark Ingram (824-3). Bills: 3 good-to-great WRs in Lofton, Reed, and Tasker.
1991 Redskins: Take your pick between Gary Clark and Hall of Famer Art Monk. Bills: See above.
1992 Cowboys: The Playmaker. Bills: See above.
1993 Cowboys vs. Bills re-match.
1994 49ers: #80. Chargers: Tony Martin.
1995 Cowboys: See above. Steelers: Yancey Thigpen (1398-7).
1996 Packers: Brooks, Freeman, Howard, Rison. Patriots: Terry Glenn had 1132 and 6 scores that season. Troy Brown was on that team.
1997 Broncos: Rod Smith. Packers: Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman both had 1000 yards that season.
1998 Broncos: See above. Falcons: Martin and Mathis both went over 1100 yards that season.
1999 Rams: Bruce and Holt. Titans: Thigpen.
2000 Ravens: Stokley (over 1000 1X), Ismail (1105-6). Giants: Amani Toomer (1343-8).
2001 Patriots: Troy Brown (1199-5 that season). Rams: See above.
2002 Buccaneers: McCardell and Keyshawn. Raiders: #80 and Tim Brown.
2003 Patriots: See above. Panthers: Smith and Muhammad (well over 1000 yards in 2004).
2004 Patriots: See above. Eagles: Terrell Owens.
2005 Steelers: Ward. Seahawks: Darrell Jackson (1199-7), Bobby Engram (1147-6).
2006 Colts: 3 1000-yard WRs. Bears: Muhammad.
2007 Giants: Burress. Patriots: Moss-Welker.
2008 Steelers: Santonio Holmes, Ward. Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
2009 Saints: Colston. Colts: See above.
2010 Packers: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver. Steelers: Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown.
2011 Giants: Nicks, Cruz. Patriots: Welker.

What I don’t mention is that ALL of those teams had at least one of their listed receivers reach 1000 yards BEFORE or DURING their corresponding Super Bowl season EXCEPT the 1994 Chargers of which Tony Martin had 885 and 7 TDs that year, and got 1224 and 6 TDs the next season.

So, no NFL team since the 1990 Giants has made the Super Bowl without having a WR on the team that at some point caught 1000 yards. The kicker: Their TE, Mark Bavaro, caught 1001 yards and 4 TDs in 1986.

To find the next team that made it to the Super Bowl with no active 1000-yard receiver at ANY position before the 1994 Chargers, you have to go back to the 1987 Denver Broncos.

The most recent NFL team to make it to the Super Bowl with a roster that had no player of any position that ever had 1000 receiving yards was the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Of the teams projected for the postseason, every other team has a 1000-yard receiver. None of the Minnesota Vikings receivers on their active roster have even reached 800 receiving yards in a season.

Vikings QB Christian Ponder has passed for 2701 yards, which is last in the NFL among QBs who’ve started the whole season. The sad irony is that – unless Michael Crabtree gets 67 receiving yards against the Rams today – the only 1000-yard receivers on the Seahawks (27th in net passing yards) and 49ers (25th in passing yards) are ex-Vikings Sidney Rice and Randy Moss respectively.

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What Adrian Peterson Needs For the NFL Record, What Calvin Johnson Needs For 2000


Maybe Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won’t win MVP like Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders hope, but he is most concerned with trying to win a Super Bowl. There’s also a chance AD shatters the all-time single-season record for rushing yards. He needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s all-time record. He ran for 210 at Lambeau Field earlier this season and 212 at St. Louis vs. the Rams this season as well. He plays the Packers at 4:05 PM ET.

There’s a better shot that Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson hits 2000 receiving yards. He needs just 102 at home against the Chicago Bears today to do that.

Hit “Like” or the Facebook share button if you believe at least ONE of these records shall fall this season!

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Report: GM Tom Heckert, HC Pat Shurmur Will Both Be Fired Monday


Michael Lombardi of NFL Network
is reporting that the Cleveland Browns will clean house on Monday, firing both GM Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur.

Rumored to be sought for and interview to replace Shurmur as head coach are:
* Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban
* Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton
* New England Patriots offensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels
* Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz
* Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer

I’m working on a comprehensive list of news regarding all the names rumored to lose their GM or head coaching jobs, be interviewed for GM or head coaching jobs, or rumored to be both fired and receive interview requests.

Until then, you can look at the pre-Week 16 article I wrote “5 Head Coaches Sure To Be Gone (and 11 Others Who Might Be)”.

Hit “Like” or the Facebook share button if you think the Browns, with their young nucleus, will remain competitive in 2013!

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Saints Give Shout-Out to Sean Payton in Team Photo

Saints Give Shout-Out to Sean Payton in Team Photo


The New Orleans Saints just agreed to a deal to bring back suspended head coach Sean Payton to the tune of about $8 million a year. In a recently-released team photo (CLICK ON IT FOR A LARGER VERSION), the Saints players and coaches have Sean Payton-style visors on.

That salary makes Sean Payton the highest-paid coach or manager of any of the four major professional sports leagues. New England Patriots HC Bill Belichick gets close to $7.5m a year, with St. Louis Rams HC Jeff Fisher, Seattle Seahawks HC Pete Carroll and Washington Redskins HC Mike Shanahan estimated to be receiving around $7m a year. Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is considered to be the highest-paid, non-NFL coach, making around $7m a year for his job in the NBA. These are all estimates, as coaching salaries are private.

What GM Mickey Loomis, Payton and his staff have done for the Saints has been unprecedented. In the 39 seasons before Payton took over, the Saints had just 13 non-losing seasons and a 1-7 record in the postseason. With a win against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Saints will have had 6 non-losing seasons since Payton was hired in 2006. Payton has a 5-3 record in the postseason, winning at least 1 game in 3 of 4 appearances. He was head coach when the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV over the Indianapolis Colts.

Hit “Like” or the Facebook share button if you think the Saints with Sean Payton will come back with swagger in 2013!

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Dane Sanzenbacher Is a Cincinnati Bengal


Dane Sanzenbacher
is journeying back to Ohio. The Cincinnati Bengals claimed the former Ohio State Buckeyes star wide receiver Sanzenbacher after the Chicago Bears cut him. Sanzenbacher had 28 receptions, 283 yards and 3 touchdowns in two seasons as a Bear.

Hit “Like” or the Facebook share button if you like the mostly-scrappy players that make up the Bengals receiving corps: A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins, Ryan Whalen, Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher!

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